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102. How Robert Boyle and I became chemists.

Adapted from Chapter 5 of "Weighing the Soul" When I am introduced to strangers as a “chemist”, most of them conclude either that I dispense prescriptions or that I spend my time in a smelly laboratory mixing “chemicals” together to see what will happen. If I were an alchemist, they would be right in both cases. According to the Oxford English Diction...

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A Random Walk Through Science

University of Singapore, August 2006 A talk to first-year students at the beginning of their scientific careers What is science about? What do scientists do? Dr Len Fisher takes us on a tour that encompasses biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics, showing how these sciences have evolved through a series of backwards, forwards and sideways steps (often ...

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